'F*** You', 'White B****': Brutal Attack On Disabled Army Vet, Hate Crime Investigation
It's sad how little traction this story is getting but given the way things have been lately, I think we all know why. On Mother's Day in Lousiville-KY, a disabled army veteran was the victim of a hate crime. While, technically, police have not dubbed it an official 'hate-crime', given the nature of the attack I think you will see why I say that.
Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown, a disabled Army veteran, told WAVE-TV she was trying to back out of a handicapped parking space at her local Kroger grocery store when she noticed a vehicle parked behind her, preventing her from leaving.
Ahlstedt-Brown said that she left her vehicle to see if the other driver needed something. Ahlstedt-Brown describes the occupants as for young black women in a Dodge car:
"I get out and I say, 'Do you guys need any help?' and she said, 'F*** you, you white b****.' I said, 'Hold on, you don't even know me,'" Brown said. "I said, 'That's fine. If you don't need anything, that's fine. I'll get back in the car,'" Ahlstedt-Brown explained.
That's when Ahlstedt-Brown was attacked, she told WAVE.
"I mean, they were beating me, and I was in a fetal position, covering my face, making sure they didn't get my eyes," she explained.
In a video exclusive with WAVE, Ahlstedt-Brown said that other shoppers, not security, came to her rescue stopped the beating:
"Brown said she went back to the Kroger on Sunday to speak to LMPD officers and tried to retrieve security footage. Tuesday, her daughter called the police multiple times to obtain security footage to no avail.
"They told her, 'You could have got the video from Kroger the first day.' And then he followed that up with, 'Well, a detective has it, so you can't get it from Kroger.' So which was is it? His response was to hang up on her," Brown said."
Ahlstedt-Brown's face was badly battered and reports show she suffered a broken nose.
Louisville Metro Police Department said that they are looking into the attack and will decide later if it is, in fact, a hate crime.
"We're gonna collect all the evidence, present it in court, and they will decide," a LMPD spokesman reportedly said. "A hate crime is an enhancement, in this case, it's an assault is where we are at at this time. The courts will eventually decide that."